WHO WE ARE
CCIH works through our network to advance global health and wholeness from a Christian perspective.
Click on the image below to learn more about Who We Are, What We Do, and what CCIH members say about why they are part of the CCIH network.
What We Do
Our Core Functions are providing Coaching and Collaboration, and opportunities for Capacity Building, Networking, Fellowship and Advocacy.
CCIH provides a forum for Christians working in global health to share best practices learned from field-tested programs to help them strengthen their work and provide the best care they can.
Capacity Building: CCIH shares best practices and information and alerts members to specific funding or learning opportunities to help support their work. We offer webinars and member Forum Calls exploring topics that are important to Christians working in global health, such as integrating faith and health, how faith-based organizations can strengthen health systems in the countries where they work, maternal and child health and more. The CCIH Annual Conference agenda is full of sessions where speakers share their experiences, new research and insights into reaching communities in need with care.
Networking: CCIH is about making connections – connections that launch careers and stimulate valuable partnerships between global health professionals and their organizations. CCIH’s annual global health conferences have reached more than 700 leaders in over 70 countries over the past two years. CCIH Working Groups, discussion groups, member features and articles about member work foster valuable connections.
Fellowship: CCIH members pray together, share devotionals, and praises and concerns in weekly a prayer guide. The Integration of Faith and Health Working Group explores how our Christian faith informs our work.
Advocacy: CCIH strives to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. We advocate for greater U.S. support for global health programs and foreign assistance and promote the unique strength of faith-based health care and faith communities. Our diverse network reaches across the political spectrum, enabling CCIH to have broad influence in the U.S. Congress. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9
CCIH and the Christian Approach to Health
What is special about the Christian approach to health care? What makes CCIH unique and a critical part of the global health world? These six key elements sum up who we are and what CCIH stands for:
Holistic | The Christian approach to health is holistic, caring for the whole person, body, mind and spirit.
Compassionate | The Christian approach to health and health care is not simply delivered by doctors, hospitals and drugs, it flows out of communities and institutions of people caring for and loving each other.
Equitable | As Christians driven by compassion to serve, we are called to advocate for the poor and marginalized who often are left out of quality services.
Timeless | Christian churches are deeply rooted in communities and are with them for the long haul, continuing the compassionate health ministry that started with Jesus and continued over the centuries with the Church’s role in promoting health.
Evidence-based | CCIH blends research and evidence-based work with our faith-based calling to serve.
Unifying | CCIH spans the diverse spectrum of Christians working in global health, and connects people and organizations who share this Christian approach to health care in the spirit of Jesus, the Master Healer.
Our interaction with private, governmental and international agencies is expanding as the international community recognizes and acknowledges the pivotal role that faith-based organizations play in global health care. CCIH is increasingly being sought out by these agencies for its ability to connect with, and to be a voice for, Christians involved in international health.